How to Back Up Data from Hard Drive(s) to External Media

How to Back Up Data to a CD using Windows XP
You can back up files or folders to a CD using a feature of the Windows XP operating system. You do not need to format the CD before using this procedure.
How to copy files and folders to a CD
  1. Insert a blank, unformatted CD into the drive on your computer that allows you to write to a CD. (The drive is usually labeled as Recordable or Rewritable).
  2. If a dialog box appears that asks how to open/use the CD, click Cancel.
  3. Open My Computer as you normally do.
  4. Click the files or folders that you want to copy to the CD. (To select more than one file, hold down the CTRL key while you click the files you want.)
  5. In the top-left dialog box labeled File and Folder Tasks, click Copy the selected items.
  6. In the Copy Items dialog box, click the drive into which you inserted the CD.
  7. Click Copy. You will see a copy progression window.
  8. In the lower-right corner of the window, a pop-up balloon will appear. The balloon will read You have files waiting to be written to the CD. To see the files now, click this balloon.
  9. Click the balloon.
  10. A dialog box will appear that indicates the files and folders you selected to copy. Check that the files and folders that you want to copy to the CD are displayed under Files Ready to Be Written to the CD.
  11. In the top-left dialog box labeled CD Writing Tasks, click Write these files to CD.
  12. The CD Writing Wizard will open.
  13. If the CD name field is blank, type a name for the CD. (Note: By default, Windows names the CD with the current date.)
  14. Click Next. You will see the copy progression window. The time required to copy the files and folders you selected depends upon the amount of data they contain.
  15. After the files or folders have been copied, the CD will be ejected from the drive automatically.

After you copy files or folders to a CD, double-click the CD icon to confirm that the files were copied.